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See detailComparing effectiveness of paper based and Augmented Reality instructions for manual assembly and training tasks
Kolla, Sri Sudha Vijay Keshav UL; Sanchez, Andre UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Learning Factories (2021, June 24)

Augmented Reality (AR) systems have seen a rapid adaptation in both training and in virtual assembly instructions. AR systems assist the operator by enhancing user perception of reality, reducing the ... [more ▼]

Augmented Reality (AR) systems have seen a rapid adaptation in both training and in virtual assembly instructions. AR systems assist the operator by enhancing user perception of reality, reducing the defects, and lead-time. However, there is a significant lack in the existing literature to compare AR systems and conventional work instructions. The aim of this research is to provide an empirical evidence of comparing task completion time, number of errors, workload index and system usability of AR and conventional paper-based work instructions. For this purpose, we designed an experiment where participants use paper based instructions and AR instructions to assemble a planetary gearbox. The task was assessed using NASA-TLX and System Usability Scale (SUS) tests, which allowed further analysis using descriptive statistics. Moreover, the qualitative interview at the end of the experiment gave more insights about participant’s overall experience. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of Cu-Al weld status using convolutional neural network
Mathivanan, Karthik UL; Plapper, Peter UL

Scientific Conference (2021, June 21)

Welding copper (Cu) and aluminum (Al) result in brittle intermetallic (IMC) phases, which reduces the joint performance. The key for a strong joint is to maintain an optimum amount of Al and Cu ... [more ▼]

Welding copper (Cu) and aluminum (Al) result in brittle intermetallic (IMC) phases, which reduces the joint performance. The key for a strong joint is to maintain an optimum amount of Al and Cu composition in the joint. To implement this without the destruction of the sample is a challenge. For this purpose, high-resolution images of the weld zone are utilized after welding. With the image processing technique, the presence of (Al/Cu) material melted is distinguished. Therefore, the different weld type/status like insufficient melt, optimum melt, and excessive melt is detected from the images. This paper analyses the weld images and applies the convolutional neural network technique to predict the weld type. The microstructure and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) analysis of the fusion zone for each weld type are correlated to the weld images. [less ▲]

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See detailAGILE FERTIGUNGSSTEUERUNG FÜR (RE-)FABRIKATIONSSYSTEME
Groß, Sebastian UL

Doctoral thesis (2021)

Increasing product variance and individualisation lead to increasing demands for flexibility in produc-tion and production control. In the context of remanufacturing, these demands are further intensified ... [more ▼]

Increasing product variance and individualisation lead to increasing demands for flexibility in produc-tion and production control. In the context of remanufacturing, these demands are further intensified by unknown conditions of the used products. Each product to be remanufactured may therefore require an individual route through the remanufacturing system. This process, which puts used products into an "as good as new or better" condition, is receiving increasing attention due to its high ecological and economic potential and legal regulations. In order to meet these requirements, a hybrid control archi-tecture will be presented. This consists of centralised and decentralised components. At the decentral-ised level, all physical production participants are networked with software components and controlled by these. These components can acquire the status and availability of the corresponding manufacturing participants. They can communicate with each other as well as with the central level. The central level is where the scheduling of machines and automated guided vehicle (AGVs) takes place. This is carried out simultaneously and not sequentially as is the case with the currently available control systems. A method based on Constraint Programming (CP) is being developed to optimise scheduling. Simulation results show that a simultaneous, as opposed to a sequential, scheduling enables a reduction of makespan by 35.6 %. Compared to other state of the art methods, the CP-based approach provides the best results and this in a significantly shorter computing time. The control architecture is able to react adequately to unexpected events such as machine failures or new orders. It uses real-life feedback from the shop floor for this purpose. The architecture is implemented as a multi-agent system. The approach can be validated by successfully controlling a model factory in a realistic environment. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation of Optical Signal During Laser Fusion Welding of Copper to Aluminum
Mathivanan, Karthik UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in Journal of Laser Applications (2021, January 05), 33(1),

Laser joining of dissimilar metals, copper and aluminum, allows for the precise delivery of laser energy and high process speed. The keyhole-based process is very efficient for welding Al–Cu, considering ... [more ▼]

Laser joining of dissimilar metals, copper and aluminum, allows for the precise delivery of laser energy and high process speed. The keyhole-based process is very efficient for welding Al–Cu, considering the high reflectivity and thermal conductivity of the materials joined. For the Al–Cu system, the formation of detrimental intermetallic compounds is the main issue. Fusion welding with laser as a heat source involves the melting of metals. However, the high speed of the laser welding process is advantageous for terminating the excessive melting of Al and Cu and eventually controlling the detrimental intermetallic phases. Therefore, information pertaining to melted material is an important criterion for achieving joint strength. In this paper, the photodiode signal measured during the laser welding of Cu to Al is investigated as a process monitoring technique. In welding from Cu to Al, the melting of Al (bottom sheet) is very critical for joint strength. The amount of Al material that can be intermixed in Cu depends on the solubility limit of the Al–Cu system. The plasma plume emission during laser welding is used to extract the rapid melting of Al. This study shows the correlation of the Al characteristic peak at a wavelength of 396 nm with the shear strength of the joint. [less ▲]

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See detailEVALUATION OF THE JOINT BASED ON DIFFERENT SURFACE CONDITIONS FOR ALUMINUM-POLYAMIDE LASER WELDING
Amne Elahi, Mahdi UL; Koch, Marcus; Plapper, Peter UL

in Journal of Laser Applications (2021)

Laser welding is one of the most promising joining techniques to realize hybrid joints between metals and polymers in order to achieve weight reduction and functionalization of the parts. The surface ... [more ▼]

Laser welding is one of the most promising joining techniques to realize hybrid joints between metals and polymers in order to achieve weight reduction and functionalization of the parts. The surface treatment of the metal has a decisive effect on the joint quality and thus on the mechanical properties. In the present study, different mechanical and laser-based surface treatments have been investigated to develop diverse surface conditions on aluminum. Abrasive blasting and laser ablation were used to increase the surface roughness, while abrasive polishing and laser polishing were applied to minimize the surface roughness. In contrast to abrasive surface treatments, laser-based ones were implemented to create artificial oxide layers on the aluminum surface. The surface structures of pretreated samples have been studied with scanning electron microscopy and roughness test. The laser welding of pretreated aluminum with polyamide was achieved with the heat conduction joining technique. To enlarge the welding area and control the heat input, spatial and temporal modulations of the laser beam were implemented. Finally, a single lap tensile-shear test, microscopic analysis of fractured surfaces, and welding cross sections were employed to evaluate the joints. Results show that the presence of an artificial aluminum oxide layer and low roughness are essential to achieve a superior joint between aluminum and polyamide (improvement of approximately 58% in the shear load of the joint compared to as-received welded samples). The cross section of the superior joint which is the laser-polished aluminum welded to polyamide is studied with transmission electron microscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights into the origin of fine equiaxed microstructures in additively manufactured Inconel 718
Cazic, Ivan UL; Zollinger, Julien; Matthieu, Sandrine et al

in Scripta Materialia (2021)

Fine equiaxed grain regions are frequently observed in additively manufactured Inconel 718 alloy. Based on a grain-to-grain orientation analysis using EBSD, many assemblies of neighboring grains in these ... [more ▼]

Fine equiaxed grain regions are frequently observed in additively manufactured Inconel 718 alloy. Based on a grain-to-grain orientation analysis using EBSD, many assemblies of neighboring grains in these regions have been found to display multiple-twins orientation relationships sharing common 〈110〉directions and exhibiting 5-fold symmetry. This is an experimental proof that the grain refinement observed in inconel 718 is due to Icosahedral Short-Range Order (ISRO) mediated nucleation mechanism. This is the first report of ISRO-mediated nucleation of fcc nickel which widens the perspectives on the microstructures control in additive manufacturing of Ni-based superalloys. [less ▲]

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See detailArtificial neural network to predict the weld status in laser welding of copper to aluminum
Mathivanan, Karthik UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in Procedia CIRP (2021)

Laser welding of copper to aluminum is challenging due to the formation of complex intermetallic phases. More Al (~18.5 at. %) can be dissolved in Cu, in contrast to Cu (~2.5 at. %) in Al. Therefore ... [more ▼]

Laser welding of copper to aluminum is challenging due to the formation of complex intermetallic phases. More Al (~18.5 at. %) can be dissolved in Cu, in contrast to Cu (~2.5 at. %) in Al. Therefore, welding from copper side, large melting of Al can be achieved. However optimum Cu and Al must be melted for a strong joint. Finding the right amount is difficult and time consuming by tradition analysis technique like inspection by weld cross-sections. Considering the speed of the welding process and complexity of analysis involving with metallography cross-sections, alternative rapid method to qualify the welds are necessary. The acoustic emission during laser welding can give proportional information of the Al, Cu melted. With such an approach the weld status can be obtained in real time. In this paper the acoustic welding signal using an airborne sensor in the audible range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, is correlated to the weld strength and material mixing (Al, Cu melt). Finally, the weld status is predicted by an artificial neural network based on the acquired signal. [less ▲]

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See detailHolo Study – Mixed Reality Framework for Industrial Engineering Education and Training
Minoufekr, Meysam UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in Trends in Technical & Scientific Research (2020), 4(5), 0131-0135

Nowadays, students struggle with understanding complex production processes and kinematics of machine tools and robots. While professors mostly have been dealing with these subjects for many years ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, students struggle with understanding complex production processes and kinematics of machine tools and robots. While professors mostly have been dealing with these subjects for many years, students have only short time to be introduced to the complex nature of these topics. Mixed Reality allows students to engage hands-on in their subjects to reach new dimensions of understanding. Making challenging topics for students accessible by creating a more visual and tactile experience. The applications for entertainment and gaming are off the charts, but the implications for augmented reality in education and science are also undoubtedly massive. The project focusses on making education as interactive as possible, which helps both, teachers and students receive a unique tool for communicating phenomena and processes that are difficult to describe verbally. As a result, a complex knowledge becomes simple, an involvement of students grows, the quality of education increases [less ▲]

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See detailA Survey of Information Entropy Metrics for Complex Networks
Omar, Yamila UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in Entropy (2020)

Information entropy metrics have been applied to a wide range of problems that were abstracted as complex networks. This growing body of research is scattered in multiple disciplines, which makes it ... [more ▼]

Information entropy metrics have been applied to a wide range of problems that were abstracted as complex networks. This growing body of research is scattered in multiple disciplines, which makes it difficult to identify available metrics and understand the context in which they are applicable. In this work, a narrative literature review of information entropy metrics for complex networks is conducted following the PRISMA guidelines. Existing entropy metrics are classified according to three different criteria: whether the metric provides a property of the graph or a graph component (such as the nodes), the chosen probability distribution, and the types of complex networks to which the metrics are applicable. Consequently, this work identifies the areas in need for further development aiming to guide future research efforts. [less ▲]

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See detailWELDING COPPER TO ALUMINIUM WITH GREEN LASER WAVELENGTH OF 515 NM
Mathivanan, Karthik UL; Plapper, Peter UL

Scientific Conference (2020, October 19)

Joining copper and aluminum sheets is difficult because of brittle intermetallic phases (IMP) formed in the joint, which results in reduced performance. The traditional approach to overcome this issue is ... [more ▼]

Joining copper and aluminum sheets is difficult because of brittle intermetallic phases (IMP) formed in the joint, which results in reduced performance. The traditional approach to overcome this issue is to irradiate the laser beam from Aluminum (Al) to control the weld depth and mixing of Cu in Al. The laser welding approach from the copper side (Cu on top) to Al is very sparse in the literature. In this paper, the welding approach from copper (top sheet) to aluminum is studied with green laser (515 nm) due to improved absorption at this wavelength. The objective of irradiating the laser beam from the copper side (Cu on top) is to exploit the higher solubility of Al in Cu (about 18%), which is significantly higher than Cu in Al. Therefore more Cu and Al can be melted and mixed in the joint for copper sheet placed on the top. From the tensile shear test, a strong joint is obtained with a fracture on the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of Al. Detailed microstructure and composition of Al and Cu in the joint is performed by Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) to investigate the composition in the joint. The EDS analysis indicates that a large amount of beneficial Cu solid solution and Al-rich phases is formed in the joint. The detrimental phases are intermixed in between the ductile phase composition i.e Al-rich and Cu solid solution. Therefore the effect of detrimental intermetallic phases is mitigated by intermixing with large ductile phases. With this paper, the fusion welding approach for joining Cu and Al system with a significant level of Cu and Al melting is shown. [less ▲]

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See detailMULTI-LEVEL INFORMATION VALUE STREAM MAPPING
Mangers, Jeff UL; Thoussaint, Lou; Minoufekr, Meysam UL et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mass Customization and Personalization - Community of Europe (MCP-CE 2020) (2020, September 25)

Digitalization and automation of the production according to Industry 4.0 opens new opportunities for companies to develop more efficient value chains. In the context of mass customization, it is ... [more ▼]

Digitalization and automation of the production according to Industry 4.0 opens new opportunities for companies to develop more efficient value chains. In the context of mass customization, it is promising to examine more closely the complete internal value chain of companies, from the first customer contact to the delivery of the finished product, prior to provide digital configurations for customized products. A critical aspect for internal inefficiencies and complication of an aspired automation are the interfaces of departments due to inconsistent and non-uniform information transfer. This article presents a versatile approach to visualize the internal information flow at inter-departmental level as well as at intra-departmental level. The described multilevel information value stream mapping method perfectly suits as prerequisite for a digitalization or automation of internal information flows. As framework for the time capturing and visualization, ISO 22468 is used, and an industrial use case exemplifies the research findings. [less ▲]

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See detailAugmented Reality in Manual Assembly Processes
Kolla, Sri Sudha Vijay Keshav UL; Sanchez, Andre UL; Minoufekr, Meysam UL et al

in Kolla, Sri Sudha Vijay Keshav; Sanchez, Andre; Minoufekr, Meysam (Eds.) et al Augmented Reality in Manual Assembly Processes (2020, September 23)

Augmented Reality (AR) is a novel technology that projects virtual information on the real world environment. With the increased use of Industry 4.0 technologies in manufacturing, AR has gained momentum ... [more ▼]

Augmented Reality (AR) is a novel technology that projects virtual information on the real world environment. With the increased use of Industry 4.0 technologies in manufacturing, AR has gained momentum across various stages of product life cycle. AR can benefit production operators in many manufacturing tasks such as quality inspection, work instructions for manual assembly, maintenance, and in training. This research presents not only a typical architecture of an AR system but also both its software and hardware functions. The architecture is then applied to display virtual assembly instructions in the form of 3D animations on to the real world environment. The chosen assembly task in this research is to assemble a planetary gearbox system. The assembly instructions are displayed on a mobile device targeting a static tracker placed in the assembly environment. [less ▲]

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See detailPre and post-treatments to improve weldability and mechanical properties of Aluminum-Polyamide laser welded specimens
Amne Elahi, Mahdi UL; Koch, Marcus; Heck, Mike et al

in Procedia CIRP (2020), 94

The laser polishing surface treatment is a prerequisite for enhanced weldability that is enabled by superior adhesion between the weldments. The paper describes the laser polishing process of the aluminum ... [more ▼]

The laser polishing surface treatment is a prerequisite for enhanced weldability that is enabled by superior adhesion between the weldments. The paper describes the laser polishing process of the aluminum surface to develop a relatively thick and porous artificial aluminum oxide layer. Microscopic observation shows the laser polishing process significantly improves the adhesion of molten polyamide to the aluminum surface. Besides, the shear load of the pretreated joints is much higher than that of as-received ones. However, for the majority of the welded samples, the failure happens at the polyamide near the interface of aluminum/polyamide due to the thermal effect and structural changes of polyamide during the welding process. By applying the post-treatment of the welded specimens with different cycles, the mentioned failure mechanism is not observed anymore. Therefore, the mechanical properties of the joint will be improved and reach to the limits of the base materials. [less ▲]

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See detailDigitizing of Research and Teaching
Plapper, Peter UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September 05)

The current Covid-19 crisis impacts all manufacturing areas and new processes are sought. This presentation provides the audience with three examples related to assembly work instructions, logistics data ... [more ▼]

The current Covid-19 crisis impacts all manufacturing areas and new processes are sought. This presentation provides the audience with three examples related to assembly work instructions, logistics data handling and manufacturing education, for which innovative ways to obtain access to context sensitive data based on digital tools are investigated. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) facilitate access to relevant manufacturing information. In order to provide logistic warehouse workers with immediate access to shipping documents, to avoid paper print-outs, and to eliminate error-prone typing of information, critical information should be handled digitally and hands-free. To support logistic workers to efficiently document, register and trace receipt, storage or delivery of goods, the presented solution is built on hands-free digital tools with AR technology in commercially available smart glasses. Similarly, workers who execute complex assembly operations frequently require either assistance or support for the next assembly step. Depending on the context, relevant assembly process information is automatically displayed together with the environment in the AR smart glass. Thus, the operator is supported by the presented hands-free-tool to complete the next challenging tasks. Currently, teaching is being transferred from physical class-room teaching to remote or hybrid education. For this purpose, Virtual Reality (VR) provides a very welcome opportunity to complement in-presence teaching with exposure to examples of real manufacturing operations captured in videos of industrial case studies. Students apply learnings from theoretical classes to manufacturing case studies by identifying best practices and also recognizing waste. The presentation shares experience in teaching of lean methods based on AR technology to graduate engineering students. [less ▲]

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See detailHighlighting chemical bonding between nylon-6.6 and the native oxide from an aluminum sheet assembled by laser welding
Hirchenhahn,, Pierre; Alsayyad, Adham Ayman Amin UL; Bardon, Julien et al

in ACS Applied Polymer Materials (2020)

Polymer/metal hybrid assemblies are well suited for automotive and biomedical applications because of their ability to create lightweight structures with a wide range of design possibilities. Laser ... [more ▼]

Polymer/metal hybrid assemblies are well suited for automotive and biomedical applications because of their ability to create lightweight structures with a wide range of design possibilities. Laser welding is a promising technique for joining dissimilar materials thanks to its quickness, freedom of design and absence of adhesives. Still, the fundamental causes of adhesion in hybrid laser welding remain not well understood. Therefore the present work aims at highlighting a chemical bonding between a polymer, nylon-6.6 and a metal, aluminum. To access the interface information, the samples were first broken, leaving a residue on the surface, which was dissolved afterwards. The chemical reactive sites of nylon molecule able to react with aluminum surface were suggested and the feasibility of these reactions was analyzed in the light of the results obtained by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Time of flight secondary electron microscopy (ToF-SIMS). [less ▲]

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See detailAgent-based, hybrid control architecture for optimized and flexible production scheduling and control in remanufacturing
Groß, Sebastian UL; Gerke, Wolfgang; Plapper, Peter UL

in Journal of Remanufacturing (2020), (2020),

Introduction: Motivated by high ecological and economical potentials and driven by new laws, remanufacturing is receiving increasing attention as a process that puts used products into “as good as new or ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Motivated by high ecological and economical potentials and driven by new laws, remanufacturing is receiving increasing attention as a process that puts used products into “as good as new or better” condition. Within this process, there are many challenges, which are unseen in manufacturing, such as the uncertainties resulting from unknown conditions of the used products. This places special demands on the control of the remanufacturing system (RS). Methodology: To handle these uncertainties an agent-based hybrid control architecture comprising centralized and decentralized components is presented. In the former, the scheduling takes place including the consideration of the use of automated guided vehicles (AGV) to realize flexible material handling within the RS. The scheduling of machines and AGVs is thereby considered simultaneously and not separately, as it is the case in currently available control systems. For the optimization of the simultaneous scheduling Constraint Programming (CP) is used. In the decentralized component, all participants within the RS will be networked as a cyber-physical system and controlled by respective agents. These agents can communicate with each other in order to find solutions. The architecture is implemented as a multi-agent system. Results: Simulation results, using benchmark instances, show that simultaneous scheduling results in a 19.7% reduction of the makespan. Furthermore, the CP-based approach delivers the best results, compared to other approaches for simultaneous scheduling, which are also achieved in a significantly shorter computing time. [less ▲]

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See detailAgentenbasierte, hybride Steuerungsarchitektur für cyberphysische Refabrikationssysteme
Groß, Sebastian UL; Gerke, Wolfgang; Plapper, Peter UL

in Jäkel, Jens; Thiel, Robert (Eds.) Tagungsband AALE 2020 Automatisierung und Mensch-Technik-Interaktion (2020, March 05)

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See detailMensch-Roboter-Kollaboration in der Domäne Refabrikation – State-of-the-Art und Ausblick
Groß, Sebastian UL; Gerke, Wolfgang; Plapper, Peter UL

in Jäkel, Jens; Thiel, Robert (Eds.) Tagungsband AALE 2020 Automatisierung und Mensch-Technik-Interaktion (2020, March 05)

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See detailUNTERSUCHUNG DER METALLURGISCHEN PHASENBILDUNG UND DEREN EINFLUSS AUF DIE VERBINDUNGSEIGENSCHAFTEN SOWIE AUF DIE VERSAGENSURSACHEN VON LASERGESCHWEIßTEN HARTMETALL-STAHL-VERBUNDEN
Schiry, Marc UL

Doctoral thesis (2020)

Laser beam welding of hard metal to steel offers multiple advantages regarding resource saving, mechanical strength of the joint and automation capability. The present work focuses on the fundamental ... [more ▼]

Laser beam welding of hard metal to steel offers multiple advantages regarding resource saving, mechanical strength of the joint and automation capability. The present work focuses on the fundamental research and development of the laser based welding process of tungsten carbide-cobalt hard metals with a tempering steel. Metallurgical analysis of the welding process showed that the formation of intermetallic and/or intermediate phases has a significant influence on the properties and mechanical strength of the dissimilar joint. The amount of molten hard metal in the steel melt bath plays a key role for the formation of the different phases. Therefore, a new parameter dy was defined, which correlates with the hard metal content in the melt pool. It is shown that for hard metals with 12 wt.% of cobalt binder, the phase transformation in the weld seam starts with a relative hard metal content of 10 vol.%. This threshold is dependent on the relative cobalt concentration in the hard metal. The tungsten carbide grain size has a low influence on the phase transformation in the weld seam. Steel melt pools with hard metal content lower than 10 vol.% show under metallographic observation a martensitic/bainitic microstructure. Simulation of the stress formation in the joint showed that due to the volume expansion of martensite during the transformation, tensile stress in the hard metal part was formed. Under shear load, these tensile stresses compensate with the induced compressive stresses and results an almost stress free interface. High shear strengths of the dissimilar joints are possible. A higher percentage of hard metal melting during the welding process increases the carbon and tungsten content in the melt bath. Consequently, the martensite start temperature decreases significantly. When the initiating temperature for martensite transformation falls under room temperature, the weld seam transforms into an austenitic microstructure. Because of the missing volume expansion during cooling of the weld seam volume, low stresses in the hard metal are generated. Under shear load of the joint area, high tensile stresses appear in the sintered part. These stress concentration decreases the shear strength of the weld and lead to premature failure. For the industrial use case, high mechanical strength and a robust manufacturing process is needed. Therefore, the laser welding process of hard metal to steel was optimized. The joint properties strongly depend on the weld bead geometry. Weld seams with x- or v-shaped profiles enable local concentrated metallurgical bonding of the sintered part to the steel sheet. Reduction of the horizontal focal distance of the laser beam to the interface increases the bonding ratio, but also intensifies the melting of the hard metal part and lead to the metallurgical transformation. By tilting a v-shape weld seam, it was possible to optimize the bonding behavior and to minimize the amount of liquefied hard metal in the melt bath. Hard metal with low amounts of binder showed a high temperature sensitivity. After laser welding of these grades, hot cracks were found in the sinter material. These cracks were formed due to the high stresses, which are generate during cooling of the dissimilar joint. Therefore, a laser based heat treatment process was developed and applied. With a defined pre- and post-heating of the joint area, the cooling rate was reduced significantly and the stresses in the hard metal part minimized. High shear strengths were the result. [less ▲]

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